Forgiveness

Why Do You Not Forgive?

Posted by on Jun 19, 2016 in Forgiveness | 0 comments

Why Do You Not Forgive?

Jesus Christ teaches us to forgive all others—those who owe us, those who wronged us, those who failed us—if we want to be forgiven by our Heavenly Father. And He tells us that forgiveness must take place in our heart, so we won’t be turned over to the torturers. Yet many of us find it difficult to do what Jesus says. Living in an age of retribution, we are holding grudges and grievances and a need to make offenders pay for what they did to us. Why do we not forgive? Ignorance One reason is because we are ignorant of what forgiveness entails. Sometimes we are simply unaware that we...

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I Now Forgive You!

Posted by on Jun 19, 2016 in Forgiveness | 0 comments

I Now Forgive You!

We need to make peace in our heart with everyone who has ever hurt us and get that cleared up before God. We need to forgive our father and mother and all other family or friends for what they did or did not do for us in our life. And we must become aware of our need to forgive our self.  We cannot come to a place of peace as long as we are holding grudges against our self. No one is benefiting from this; to the contrary, we are hurting our families and friends. It is amazing to me how difficult it is for people to forgive themselves. They are more ready to forgive others than themselves....

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Part 3: What Is Heart-Based Forgiveness?

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Part 3: What Is Heart-Based Forgiveness?

In heart-based forgiveness, some type of spiritual event usually takes place in the heart of the wounded person that empowers them to release an offender from their debt. We will know when we have truly released someone from their trespass when we think of it and feel only a rush of joy and love. Blog #22 listed 14 aspects of forgiving from the heart. Here I’ll discuss the last seven aspects. 8. Agree to live with consequences of transgressor’s sin In forgiving offenders, we are agreeing to live with the consequences of their sins. This is why we need to do some groundwork: Do you know...

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Part 2: What Is Heart-Based Forgiveness?

Posted by on Jun 18, 2016 in Forgiveness | 0 comments

Part 2: What Is Heart-Based Forgiveness?

To forgive our offenders their debt, usually requires some type of groundwork must take place. Our negative emotions (resentment, anger, revenge) must become available to us. These destructive feelings do us great harm, actually holding us in bondage to the past. Negative emotions will continue to rob us of our God-given creative energy that enables us to live life more creatively and fully. Until we forgive our offenders, our energy will be tied up with them. Blog #22 listed 14 aspects of forgiving from the heart. Here I’ll discuss the next four aspects. 4. Anger is a normal reaction to...

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Part 1: What Is Heart-Based forgiveness?

Posted by on Jun 18, 2016 in Forgiveness | 0 comments

Part 1: What Is Heart-Based forgiveness?

Forgiveness is key to experiencing more peace and joy in our lives. The parable of the unforgiving servant helps us to more fully understand the process of forgiveness (see Matt. 18:21-35). I suggest you read this parable in its entirety. Jesus tells about a king’s slave who was forgiven his substantial debt by the king, but refused to forgive another man who owed him a small amount of money. This angered the king, who handed the slave over to torturers. Jesus warns that a similar fate can befall anyone who refuses to forgive others from the heart. In heart-based forgiveness, something must...

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Forgiveness Is Not Reconciliation!

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Forgiveness | 0 comments

Forgiveness Is Not Reconciliation!

Many people have the mistaken idea that forgiveness is the same as reconciliation. This is far from the truth. Forgiveness and reconciliation are two very separate actions. Forgiveness has to do with the removal or release of a debt; reconciliation has to do with restoring friendship or harmony between two people, i.e., repairing a broken relationship. Thoughts by professional counselors Reconciliation is the offender’s responsibility and occurs when the offender recognizes his or her wrong and takes actions to correct the offending behavior (Freedman & Enright). Because reconciliation...

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